Monday, February 4, 2013

Too Much To Do

What a wild man, but a pretty good puppy overall, and certainly a cute one!  Max did his first pet store visit on Sunday, where he covered everyone with kisses and had a wonderful time.  This weekend he will stay with Heather and the girls, to continue his socialization.  His first "sleepover"without a littermate for backup.  No Dals at all in fact, as Gemma will be traveling with us to Indy, so he'll be interacting with a Lab and a large mixed breed, and the girls of course, who played with the pups a number of times.  Max absolutely loves kids, thanks in part to all the great kids who visited the litter.

Too much to get done this week before we can leave for the Indy Specialties, weather permitting.  Car needs a checkup and oil change and possibly a brake job today, but I also have to get Watson in to have his split redone.  He started licking his leg near the top of the split this weekend creating a raw itchy area, so I had to cut down the front of the split and poor Watty had to start wearing the cone.  He'll probably need to wear it until the split comes off and the wound heals.  Poor old guy.  The good news is that his ear hematoma is looking better - it came back after the drain healed over, but since the hematoma was so small this time we decided to just keep an eye on it.  So far, so good.

And we have a bitch to breed as well.  This is the girl who was bred last fall using chilled semen shipments - and she did not conceive.  The Vet who did the procedure was not a specialist, and I was disappointed but not surprised.  This time she will be managed by a Repro Specialist, so hopefully things work out better.  If the timing is wrong for sending fresh chilled shipments (if Argus is on his way to Indy), we'll send off some of the frozen semen we have "banked".   I really don't have time for this, BUT my stud contract provides for a repeat breeding even if the missed breeding was a management issue, and I really want this bitch to have pups by Argus.  Although fresh chilled breedings are handier than having to entertain a visiting bitch, the stud dog owner loses control of the timing, and with these breedings timing is everything.

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